Medical Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


would you like to go to medical school?

Do you like caring for others? Are you interested in the anatomy and physiology of the human body? Have you known a friend or family member with a health care problem that you truly wished you could have helped with? If so, Gulf Coast State College can help prepare you for a career as a physician. As a physician, you will work with patients to help prevent, diagnose and treat a wide variety of injuries, diseases, and disorders. Physicians can specialize in a wide variety of areas from pediatrics to geriatrics, radiology to anesthesiology, surgery to general medicine, and the list goes on. You can work in a hospital, with a group of physicians, or as a solo practitioner. Good doctors are needed everywhere, salaries are among the highest of any profession, and job security is excellent.

Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics information on wages and job demand for physicians and surgeons.

What does it take to start on the path to your new medical career?

For a career as a physician, you need to earn your bachelor’s degree before being accepted into medical school. Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, has some of the lowest tuition rates in the state, but provides high-quality education. Class sizes are small and offer the ability to have ‘one-on-one’ attention with your professors. Starting with a two-year degree in Gulf Coast’s Medical AA University Transfer Track helps you save money on your overall education costs and prepares you for success at a top university in Florida. Physician educational requirements include 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and then typically at least four years or more (depending on the chosen specialty) of residency and possibly fellowship training.  State medical schools are located at UF, USF, and FSU. The University of Miami has a private medical school. In addition, due to some variability between medical schools, students should also verify the MSAR (Medical School Admission Requirements)   website link

It is extremely important to remain in contact with your advisor.

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Program Roadmap

Jim Sheetz, PhD
850-769-1551 ext. 2859

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Who is eligible for the medical Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to medical Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the Apply now  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area 6
See General Education Requirement
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science •+*CHM1045, General Chemistry 3
Biological Science •+*BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
BSC2010L, Biology for Science Maj. I Lab 1
+*BSC2011, Biology for Science Majors II 3
BSC2011L, Biology for Science Maj. II Lab 1
CHM1045L, General Chemistry Lab 1
+*CHM1046, Chemistry with Qual. Analysis 3
CHM1046L, Chemistry with Qual. Anal. Lab 1
+*CHM2210, Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM2210L, Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
+*CHM2211, Organic Chemistry II 4
CHM2211L, Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
+*Approved Physics 3
Elective 1



• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Fledia Ellis
Chair, Natural Sciences